Community Input Needed Through Strategic Planning Surveys

Case Western Reserve University today launches a set of Web-based surveys to help further capture the ideas and insights of the university community regarding the future of the institution and its strategic plan.

These surveys, one for students, undergraduate, graduate and professional; one for faculty; one for staff; and one for alumni and friends will remain open until November 30. Questions focus on thoughts about opportunities and issues students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends may consider important to the future of the university.

A summary of the survey results will be posted to the University Plan Web site in the coming months. Members of the university community also will have opportunities to provide input during the strategic planning process through upcoming forums and focus group sessions at the university level as well as within each of the schools. The goal is to complete the plan by May 2008.

Spartans to Host Sweet 16 Playoff, Special Student Services to be Made Available

Football Fans

The Case Western Reserve University football team has made it to the Sweet 16 of the 2007 NCAA Division III Championships and will host their second-round playoff game at noon Saturday, November 24, at Case Field.

Details on special services for students who will stay on campus or return early from the Thanksgiving holiday to support the Spartans are forthcoming.

The University Athletic Association champ, Case Western Reserve, ranked No. 15 in the nation, will face the North Coast Athletic Conference Champions, No. 14 Wabash College, on November 24. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students with a university ID.

The Spartans (11-0), the No. 2 seed in the Wisconsin-Whitewater bracket, remained undefeated on the season with a last-second 21-20 victory over visiting Widener College in the first round. Read more.

Celebrate with TeamCASE


Join President Barbara R. Snyder, Engineering Dean Norman Tien and TeamCASE to celebrate DEXTER's top 20 finish at the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge in California, from 5-7 tonight in Wackadoos Grub and Brew. Free food and soda will be served. RSVP to Jody Griech if attending.

Cross Country Team Races to Highest Finish in Recent History


Case Western Reserve University senior women's cross country runner Esther Erb has been named the Great Lakes Region Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Erb led Case Western Reserve to its highest finish – for men or women – in modern era history at the 2007 NCAA Championships November 17 in Minnesota. The Lady Spartans finished sixth overall [men's team was 7th in 1986], and Erb earned All-America status for the second consecutive year with a 27th-place individual finish at 22:02 [6k]. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Civic Engagement and Learning is collecting used ink cartridges and cell phones. Donations can be dropped off on the ground level of Thwing Center through the end of November. The collection will benefit the agency STAIRS (Steps Toward Advancement in Resettlement Skills), which works with local refugee families.

The Cornell Road bridge improvement project has begun. Starting today, on-street parking will be removed from Circle Drive between Cornell Road and Adelbert Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The access road south of the parking garage at Cornell Road and Circle Drive will be westbound (out) only. Access into this garage will be from Circle Drive, east of Cornell Road, only. In addition, the temporary pedestrian route over the Cornell bridge will be maintained until further notice. For complete details, go to the University Circle Inc. Web site.

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 20 in Thwing Center. Donors can call ahead to schedule an appointment at 800-GIVE-LIFE, or register online.

For Faculty & Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is holding its 5th Annual Project on Men and Gender today, November 19. This year Men Can Stop Rape will be on campus to hold two workshops: "Men's Role in Gender-Violence Prevention" and "Language and the Culture of Rape." RSVP to the Center for Women or call 368-0985.

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has launched the fourth annual Biomedical Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Awards (BMEidea). Student teams must submit by April 4, 2008, with winners announced in June. The top prize is $10,000. Contact Ed Caner, director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program or STEP at 368-3710 or refer to the NCIIA Web site for more details.


MaDaCol, a dance collaborative at Case Western Reserve University, presents its fall dance production November 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and December 1 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Mather Dance Center. The concert features student-choreographed works that put into movement such themes as logic, perspective, imagination and moral fiber. Read more.

Case Campus Freethought Alliance is sponsoring an "Ask an Atheist" panel discussion from 7-9 p.m., November 20 in Strosacker Auditorium. The forum will include an examination of common misconceptions and stereotypes of atheists. Panelists will include a Case professor, students and an alumnus.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

November 19, 2007

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Case in the News

Court challenges trust on foreclosures November 16, 2007
A financial company serving as a trustee for securitized mortgages has been rebuffed in its attempt to foreclose on 14 homes. A federal court judge ruled the company didn't provide clear proof of mortgage ownership, questioning a practice that usually goes unchallenged. Jonathan Entin, a Case Western Reserve University law professor, comments.

Case professor sentenced to prison for false report

The Plain Dealer November 17, 2007
An assistant Case Western Reserve University professor received a six-month prison sentence for falsely reporting to the FBI that she received racially charged hate mail. Ramani Sri Pilla must also pay back $66,000 the FBI and university spent investigating the false claims. Pilla, 41, of Cleveland Heights, taught statistics at the school since 2002.

Case's Erb turns pastime into record-setting career

The Plain Dealer November 17, 2007
Profile story on Esther Erb, a Case Western Reserve University senior cross country runner.

Case closes it out

News-Herald, November 18, 2007
Case Western Reserve University coach Greg Debeljak said his team is so tight-knit he doesn't need to do a lot of talking or motivating. What the Spartans did Saturday afternoon at Case Field was add another chapter to an already storybook season.

Higher Ed News

Rhodes Scholarship picks 32 students for '08

USA TODAY, November 18, 2007
A translator for Guantanamo Bay detainees, a boxer from the Bronx and an ultimate Frisbee player were among 32 Americans selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2008, the scholarship trust announced Sunday.

University coalition readies plan for Ohio education

The Plain Dealer, November 15, 2007
Combine employees' health care plans. Create a universal admissions application for students. Start a research council. Those are some of the ideas leaders of the region's public universities intend to give Gov. Ted Strickland next month in their long-awaited report on how to make Ohio's higher education system more efficient.

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